The intestinal parasite infection status of inhabitants in the Roxas city, The Philippines.

Bong Jin Kim, Mee Sun Ock, Dong Il Chung, Tai Soon Yong, Kyu Jae Lee

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Abstract

We carried out a small-scale survey to investigate the status of intestinal protozoa and helminthes infection of inhabitants in Roxas city, Mindoro, the Philippines. Total 301 stool samples were subjected to the formalin-ether concentration method for the detection of helminth ova and protozoan cysts. The overall positive rate was 64.5%, and that of male and female were 56.6% and 72.5%, respectively. The highest infected helminth was Ascaris lumbricoudes (51.2%), followed by Trichuris trichiura (27.6%), hookworm (8.0%) and Enterobius vermicularis (0.3%). The protozoa infection status revealed that Entamoeba coli was the most frequent (15.0%). Iodoamoeba buetschlii and E. histolytica were found but few. The multiple infection more than two parasites was 29.6%, and double infection with A. lumbricoides and T. trichiura was most common. The intestinal helminth infections were highly prevalent in this area, according to this result, and we concluded that anthelminthic drugs should be given to inhabitants, especially to children of 1 to 15 years-old.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-115
Number of pages3
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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